Choosing a new paint color for the interior of your Hillandale home can be intimidating... but what about choosing a painting contractor? In both cases, making a rash choice can leave you with regrets. When it comes to color choice, you can paint a sample patch on a wall and see how you like it. What can you do when choosing a Hillandale interior painter? How can you make sure you end up with an painting company you will love?
Choosing an interior house painter takes a bit of effort, but the results are worth it! Once you have made a choice, you know you can confidently call them again and expect great things. Follow the steps below, and you are likely to end up with a winner!
Compiling a List of Hillandale Painters
The first stage of finding an excellent interior painting company involves making a longer list of potential options. A good place to start is with asking your neighbors, co-workers and family in the Hillandale area, so you can find out who they have worked with, and whether or not they recommend them.
Another obvious method is to take a look online. A quick search for Hillandale interior painters will lead to plenty of options. Browse the results there, and if any look promising, add them to your list.
Creating a Short List
Once you have your longer list, you want to trim it down to the three or four interior painters that look the best. The references from your Hillandale neighbors can help with this, and online reviews are also an excellent resource. Google, Yelp, Angie's List, HomeAdvisor, and other similar sites can help you narrow down the choices.
Don't get spooked by one or two negative reviews. Even the best painters end up with a couple unhappy clients, unfortunately. Additionally, competitors will sometimes maliciously leave horrible reviews under false names. Instead, look for patterns in the reviews, and select the companies that have the best overall client feedback.
Another way you can vet a house painter is by browsing their website. Is it professional looking? Do they have actual project photos? What can you learn about the company history? For example, a family-owned painting company that has been serving an area for multiple generations is likely to care about their reputation and about giving thorough customer satisfaction.
Interviewing Your Potential House Painters
Now that your list is narrowed down, it's time to start contacting the candidates. Contact the painting companies and ask them for an interior painting estimate. Throughout the process, pay attention to their professionalism and customer service:
- Is their communication polite and responsive?
- Do they show up on time for the estimate?
- Do they have company vehicles, uniforms, and letterhead?
- Are they attentive and helpful, or pushy and rushing?
As the estimates come in, do not just look at the bottom line. Instead, look at the details. How much surface preparation will they do? What is the quality of the paint they will use? How many coats of paint will they apply? Which surfaces are included or excluded? These details are much more important than saving a few dollars.
Finally, ask about the company's documentation and policies. Are they a licensed contractor here in Maryland? Do they have liability insurance and Worker's Compensation? Don't hesitate to ask for proof of these things. Also, do they have a guarantee on their work? If so, does it cover materials only, or materials and labor?
Time to Make a Choice!
With all that information in hand, you can make an informed, confident choice about your Hillandale interior painting company. If, however, you still have any hesitancy, there is another low-risk way to try out a local painter. You can hire them for a small job such as a hall bathroom or a guest bedroom, and see how the project goes. A reputable painting company will put just as much care and attention to detail into a small project as they will a large one.
One service that some interior painters offer is called Painter-for-a-Day. This gives you the opportunity to hire a professional house painter for 8 hours of labor at a reasonable flat rate. That way, you can get a feel for a company on a small scale before hiring them for a larger scale project.
Williams Professional Painting
As you evaluate your options for Hillandale painting companies, we would be honored if you would consider Williams Professional Painting. We are confident that if you give us the opportunity, we will win you over with our exceptional customer service and unbeatable craftsmanship.
Williams Professional Painting has been serving Hillandale and the Washington D.C. region for over 40 years, offering interior painting, carpentry, molding installation, exterior painting, kitchen cabinet repainting, and much more. Call us today, or use our online contact form, to request your free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!